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1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 184,364 | Gross: $44.91M

2. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 17,873

3. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 31,403

4. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

69 Metascore

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 63,875 | Gross: $111.72M

5. Tang shan da di zhen (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, Fan Xu

Votes: 8,138 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Ryan's Daughter (1970)

GP | 206 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Christopher Jones

Votes: 7,748 | Gross: $30.85M

7. Zelary (2003)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

66 Metascore

A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life ... See full summary »

Director: Ondrej Trojan | Stars: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Ivan Trojan, Jaroslava Adamová

Votes: 3,135 | Gross: $0.33M

8. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 175,632 | Gross: $19.02M

9. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 267,932 | Gross: $13.28M

10. Hereafter (2010)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

56 Metascore

A drama centered on three people - a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy - who are touched by death in different ways.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Thierry Neuvic

Votes: 86,863 | Gross: $32.75M

11. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

Approved | 153 min | Drama, Romance, War

An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 2,962 | Gross: $10.88M

12. A Town Like Alice (1956)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takaki, Tran Van Khe

Votes: 1,183

13. The L-Shaped Room (1962)

126 min | Drama, Romance

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix

Votes: 1,512

14. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 16,544 | Gross: $35.62M

15. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok

Votes: 381,936 | Gross: $186.74M

16. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 324,955 | Gross: $166.11M

17. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 78,759 | Gross: $4.04M

18. Under solen (1998)

130 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops.

Director: Colin Nutley | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Helena Bergström, Johan Widerberg, Gunilla Röör

Votes: 2,152 | Gross: $0.29M

19. The Long Memory (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Released from prison after twelve years, a wrongfully convicted British man seeks revenge on the witnesses who lied at his trial.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars, Eva Bergh

Votes: 845

20. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 77,029 | Gross: $1.32M

21. A Kind of Loving (1962)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 1,321 | Gross: $0.00M

22. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance, War

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Votes: 14,056 | Gross: $13.50M

23. Dekalog (1989–1990)

TV-MA | 572 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Olaf Lubaszenko

Votes: 17,940 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 84,391 | Gross: $10.46M

25. Marnie (1964)

PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Votes: 40,056 | Gross: $7.00M

26. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 8,397 | Gross: $12.80M

27. The Hidden Room (1949)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne

Votes: 1,460

28. The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 1,879

29. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 6,446

30. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 30,134 | Gross: $41.38M

31. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three... See full summary »

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray

Votes: 1,695

32. The Remains of the Day (1993)

PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft, Christopher Reeve

Votes: 56,830 | Gross: $22.95M

33. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Sport

Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris

Votes: 3,524

34. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire, John Mills

Votes: 926

35. Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 4,421

36. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 6,746

37. Save the Tiger (1973)

R | 100 min | Drama

A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Norman Burton

Votes: 4,141

38. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 141,565

39. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 38,975 | Gross: $7.00M

40. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

88 Metascore

A psychotic socialite attempts to force an amateur tennis star to comply with his theory that two complete strangers can get away with reciprocal murders.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 113,147 | Gross: $7.63M

41. Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 28,664 | Gross: $4.50M

42. Tender Mercies (1983)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

Votes: 8,399 | Gross: $8.44M

43. I Became a Criminal (1947)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama

After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones, Rene Ray

Votes: 1,119

44. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 42,008 | Gross: $41.51M

45. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 268,041

46. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 14,088 | Gross: $42.43M

47. Trio (1950)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

Three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Verger," "Mr. Know-All," and "The Sanatorium," are introduced by the author.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Harold French | Stars: James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison, Felix Aylmer, Lana Morris

Votes: 516

48. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama